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Dutch food group Wessanen has made another acquisition as it continues to focus on expansion in the European "sustainable" foods market. Wes...
Unilever this week held its annual investor day in Port Sunlight, the village built in the 1880s by one of the companies that were the forer...
Researchers at IRI have studied promotions in seven major European markets and say their data shows the use of offers is easing. Tim Eales,...
Shares in US meat group Tyson Foods took a battering this week, when the company missed earnings estimates and announced the appointment of...
Seven years ago, Cadbury announced one of the more notable sustainability initiatives of recent times when it teamed up with Fairtrade on cocoa certification. This month, the UK chocolate maker's owner. Mondelez International, outlined changes to the way it would work with Fairtrade. Ben Cooper reports.
In western Europe, more consumers are looking for new products, are becoming more interested in quality and are increasingly demanding a shopping "experience". Frédéric Nicolas, shopper insights director for IRI, argues food manufacturers can benefit from these trends but suggests their retail customers may need a little encouragement.
"I've been to several meetings on this particular subject, most of which have ended up in a feeling of great depression, where I think suicide was really the only logical step," Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby joked at an industry conference in London on how Brexit could affect the UK food industry. "I don't come from that school. There are opportunities in the situation we find ourselves in." Twice in the last fortnight Darby has gone public with his views on Brexit and, as the boss of one of the country's largest manufacturers, his comments will spark debate. Dean Best reports.
Greencore, the Ireland-based convenience food group, wants to expand its reach in the US as a national distributor of food-to-go products and has long invested in M&A, as well as the development of manufacturing and distribution structures that extend its regional range. Greencore's move to buy US group Peacock Foods this week was a step-change in this agenda. Katy Askew reports.
Republican Donald Trump has beaten front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race to become the forty-fifth President of the United States of America. His eleventh-hour election success defied the pollsters as first the key swing state of Florida fell, followed by North Carolina, Ohio and finally Pennsylvania. With big business largely backing Clinton, pundits are framing Trump's win as further evidence of disillusionment with the so-called political and business classes. just-food examines the implications of the election result for the global food sector.
October saw some notable international moves from some major names in the foodservice market, including Taco Bell, Starbucks and Wendy's. Dean Best reports.
October saw Wal-Mart underline its ambitions in e-commerce, Supervalu sell under-pressure US hard discounter Save-A-Lot and Russian retailer Lenta add to its operations through M&A.
Kraft Heinz's third-quarter results won praise from some on Wall Street but the US food giant still faced questions about its performance in Europe. The company pinpointed the UK as a problem area and outlined its plans to breathe fresh life into its business in the country.
TreeHouse Foods lowered its full-year earnings forecast, sending shares in the US own-label supplier tumbling. The company said it was forced to cut its outlook due to a weaker-than-expected performance from the private-label business it acquired from US peer ConAgra Foods earlier this year. just-food takes a look at what has gone wrong – and what action TreeHouse is taking to right itself.
Lamb Weston held an investor day ahead of its imminent spin-off from ConAgra Foods, which will itself become a consumer-facing branded food group Conagra Brands. The move aims to enable a more focused Lamb Weston to deliver strong profit margins thanks to a product mix that is highly complementary and synergistic. But, Lamb Weston management insists, it is also about growth. Here are our key takeaways from the investor event.
The online channel is expanding in south-east Asia and Thailand is at the vanguard of that development. Michael Tatarski analyses how the online space is growing in Thailand.
After a period in the economic doldrums, Thailand looks set to be a potential opportunity for domestic and international food manufacturers marketing premium wares. Poorna Rodrigo surveys what is driving demand for premium products in south-east Asia's second-largest economy.
The growing urban lifestyle of Thai consumers has been driving demand for packaged convenient food. Convenience stores are gaining in importance for Thais amid the urbanisation of the country and look set to remain a key channel for manufacturers to target. Jens Kastner looks at the growing demand for convenience in the south-east Asian country.
As the Thai economy shifts away from being agricultural- to more skilled-based, as well as industry-and-commerce-focused, many consumers are gaining knowledge of the nutritional value and the health benefits of certain products and ingredients. Meanwhile, Thailand’s population is ageing, which also looks set to drive demand for improved health through food. Jens Kastner surveys the development of the country's healthier food segments and looks at what could lie ahead.
Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest meat processors, is investing in fledgling US meat-free business Beyond Meat - and the deal looks an astute one.
Gluten-free has a well-established presence in the markets of western Europe, notably Italy, Germany and the UK, but the sector is rapidly gaining traction in eastern European countries. In just-food's series of market spotlights on the next five countries manufacturers should target, John Shepherd looks at the Czech Republic.
The Gulf is emerging as one to watch for the gluten-free sector. In just-food's series of spotlights on the next five markets manufacturers should target, John Shepherd looks at the gluten-free market is developing in the region.
Danone's underlying third-quarter sales fell below market expectations amid challenges in China. Regulatory changes in China are weighing on Danone's infant formula business in the country but, broadly, analysts are comfortable about the prospects for that part of the French giant's business and, overall, the group's wider prospects.
It has been markets in western Europe, notably Italy, Germany and the UK, where gluten-free has taken hold but the sector is building in countries further east. In just-food's series of market spotlights on the next five countries manufacturers should target, John Shepherd looks at Poland.
The gluten-free market has taken root quickest in markets in North America and western Europe but manufacturers looking for more business opportunities could look to South Africa, a country where the category is in its early stages but one touted for expansion. John Shepherd reports.
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